Sean Hjelle is college baseball’s Madison Bumgarner, only without the axe and the dirt bike and the beard. OK he’s nothing like Bumgarner, except for his presence on the mound.
Hjelle is 6-foot-11, and no, the University of Kentucky sophomore does not play basketball (despite Calipari’s pitiful and humiliating pleas. He averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds at Mahtomedi High School in Minnesota). But his first passion is baseball, and he’s good at it.
After throwing 107 pitches in a 6-4 win over Ohio on Friday in the Lexington Regional semis, Hjelle came back on just two days’ rest and went the final 3 1/3 innings in Kentucky’s 10-5 win over North Carolina State on Monday, as the Wildcats advanced to their first-ever Super Regional berth. Hjelle (pronounced “jelly”) had a line of 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 K on 10 batters faced.
Hjelle, 9-2 with a 1.90 ERA this season, was the SEC Pitcher of the Year, with 88 strikeouts in 81 innings.
when you're already 6'11" but the camera angle makes you look like you're pitching from the clouds pic.twitter.com/Ik3LhrRkJL
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) June 6, 2017
Meanwhile, in West Covina, CA …
So the police station is not the best place to take batting practice, as it turns out.
Don't bring a baseball bat to a football game. Merica. pic.twitter.com/xJTkZ5Ece6
— Cloyd Rivers (@CloydRivers) June 4, 2017
I’ve Just Discovered @MLBJesus
You should go there.
Thou shalt not refer to a player as "dad" or "daddy". It maketh thou sound creepy. So it is written.
— MLB Jesus (@MLBJesus) June 4, 2017
Cargo shorts are a gift from my Father. They are superior to all other shorts. So it is written.
— MLB Jesus (@MLBJesus) June 2, 2017
Mr. Met is forgiven.
— MLB Jesus (@MLBJesus) June 1, 2017
Kevin Plawecki, my son, what is that in thy locker? Thou must go to confession immediately. pic.twitter.com/6dd81WNT2u
— MLB Jesus (@MLBJesus) May 6, 2017
Bless her heart. pic.twitter.com/fpHE6s1M4l
— MLB Jesus (@MLBJesus) April 14, 2017
Elsewhere in college baseball regional action …
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 5, 2017
Wizard Cat defensive play of the day
Hand-Eye coordination is unreal pic.twitter.com/n1TRk7aCqa
— Baseball King™ (@BasebaIlKing) June 5, 2017
Wizard Cat gives this play: seven wands.
That’s it for monday, folks
See you tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/brvS2DV2xV
— #StaysUp (@RaysBaseball) June 3, 2017